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Published: Mon, January 24, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



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& lt;B & gt;John Antoun, 78 & lt;BR & gt;

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FOWLER & amp;#150; John Antoun, 78, of 2689 Sodom-Hutchings Road, entered into eternal peace after a long, courageous battle with an illness Friday at St. Joseph Health Center. & lt;BR & gt;

He was born May 21, 1926 in Youngstown, the son of Fred and Frances George Antoun, and had lived in Fowler for 57 years. & lt;BR & gt;

Mr. Antoun worked for Fowler Township for 25 1/2 years. He first served as police constable and then later as their first police chief. As police chief, he treated everyone with dignity and respect. He was also zoning inspector and retired in May of 1988. & lt;BR & gt;

John served his country during WWII. He was with the 184th infantry, 31st regiment, 7th division, Company C in Okinawa and Korea in 1945 and 1946. He was in the battle of Okinawa, which was one of the worst battles in Japan. He was 300 miles away when the first atomic bomb was dropped in August of 1945. John received the Bronze Star, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with three stars for three separate battles, the Good Conduct Medal, the WWII Victory Medal, the Japan Occupational Medal, the Sharpshooter Rifle Medal and the Combat Infantry Badge. He received these medals 55 years later with the help of Congressman James A. Traficant Jr. & lt;BR & gt;

He was a member of the A.A.R.P., the Trumbull County Farm Bureau, Cortland Lodge No. 529 F. & amp;amp; A.M., Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Youngstown, Kinsman Chapter No. 212 Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons and Hartford V.F.W. Post No. 3535. He was a lifetime charter member of the National WWII Memorial and was an honorary deputy sheriff in Ector county in Texas. & lt;BR & gt;

John loved having family and friends come to the house and visit and have coffee. He really treasured these times. & lt;BR & gt;

John will be deeply missed by his loving wife, Patricia Bradley Antoun, whom he married Nov. 25, 1972; his niece, Katie Bradley, who made her home with them and he loved like a daughter; and his loving family and his caregivers, Roberta (Nick) Lavaglio, Debbie (Harry) Deeley, Rhonda (Michael) Jackson and Sheila Monroe. & lt;BR & gt;

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Freda Kohut, Antoinette Johnson, Hazel Lunau and Mary Bidinatto; and his brothers, Anthony and Steve Antoun. & lt;BR & gt;

Friends and relatives may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Galloway-Onstott Funeral Home in Hartford. & lt;BR & gt;

There will be a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Vincent DePaul Church in Vienna. & lt;BR & gt;

Burial will be at Dugan Cemetery in Fowler.

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YOUNGSTOWN & amp;#151; Zymond T. & amp;#147;Zippy Boo & amp;#148; Bellard, 17, of 688 Magnolia Ave., departed this life suddenly Wednesday. & lt;BR & gt;

He was born Aug. 10, 1987 in Youngstown, the son of the late Joseph Stanley and Gwendolyn Bellard. & lt;BR & gt;

Mr. Bellard attended The Rayen School, played quarterback for the Northside Knights and enjoyed Play Station 2. & lt;BR & gt;

He leaves to mourn his mother, Gwendolyn Bellard and stepfather Dennis & amp;#147;Chipper & amp;#148; Clark, both of Youngstown; four brothers, Derrick Harmon, DaShawn Harmon, Marcus Clark and Fabian Bellard, all of Youngstown; three sisters, Sunshine Bell of Columbus and Marquia Jarmon, and Tamakia Bellard, both of Youngstown; two godmothers, Alice Faye Lamb and Lanita Figueroa, both of Youngstown; a special friend, Danetta Cleckley of Youngstown; and a special aunt, Bridget Lowe. & lt;BR & gt;

Besides his father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Jasmine Bellard; a brother, Tuvern Wingo; and grandmothers, Olivia Bellard and Mary Joe Stanley. & lt;BR & gt;

Family will receive friends at 751 Fairgreen Ave., the home of his stepfather, & amp;#147;Chipper & amp;#148; Clark. & lt;BR & gt;

Calling hours from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday at the Sterling-McCullough Williams Funeral Chapel, where there will be funeral services at noon.

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& lt;B & gt;Anthony & amp;#147;Chubby & amp;#148; DiGiacomo, 74 & lt;BR & gt;

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AUSTINTOWN & amp;#151; There will be services 11 a.m. Wednesday at Rossi Bros. Funeral Home in Boardman for Anthony & amp;#147;Chubby & amp;#148; DiGiacomo, 74, who passed away Friday evening to be with the Lord and his family and his grandchildren by his side. & lt;BR & gt;

Mr. DiGiacomo was born June 12, 1930 in Youngstown, the son of Sylvester and Rose (Perno) DiGiacomo. & lt;BR & gt;

He was a great husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend to all. & lt;BR & gt;

He was a 1948 graduate of Ursuline High School. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force, worked for the railroad and then went on to work as a carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. In 1984 he was elected president of the Letter Carrier & amp;#146;s Union. From 1997 to 1999 he also served as president of the Ohio State Association of Letter Carriers, where he was on the executive board for 10 years. He was a member of the Smokey Hollow Golden Eagles, Catholic War Vets, Arco Club Bocce League, Golden Eagles, Postal Union No. 385, and ITAM Branch No. 385. He enjoyed his grandchildren, bocce with his friends, local high school football games, Italian music, and Italian festivals. Being from the Smokey Hollow area, he was active in organizing the Smokey Hollow Golf Outing each year. & lt;BR & gt;

He will be sadly missed by his wife of 43, the former Norma Snyder, whom he married Oct. 28, 1961; two sons, Mark (Jennifer) DiGiacomo and Dino (Lora) DiGiacomo; two sisters, Lita Habuda of Sharpsville, Pa. and Maryann (Guy) DiPillo of Boardman; his mother-in-law, Mary Snyder, four grandchildren, Markie Jr., Alexis, Little Dino, and Dominique, and three step grandchildren, Preston, Austin, and Jacob. & lt;BR & gt;

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rossi Bros. Funeral Home in Boardman. & lt;BR & gt;

Rossi Bros. - A Family Owned Funeral Home.

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& lt;B & gt;Sue Brucoli Gentilcore, 89 & lt;BR & gt;

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POLAND & amp;#151; There will be services at 10:30 a.m. today at the Rossi Bros. Funeral Home in Boardman for Sue Brucoli Gentilcore, 89, who passed away Friday morning. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. & lt;BR & gt;

Mrs. Gentilcore was born Oct. 4, 1915 in Youngstown, the daughter of Patsy and Anna (Campana) Brucoli. & lt;BR & gt;

She was a member of the Senior Citizens of Highway Tabernacle and the Senior Citizens of New Life Assembly and was a charter member of the New Life Assembly Church. & lt;BR & gt;

Her husband, Sam Gentilcore, whom she married June 24, 1936, passed away Aug. 9, 1993. & lt;BR & gt;

She leaves a son, Joseph (Linda) of San Francisco; five grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a sister, Violet DeCapita. & lt;BR & gt;

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Pat; five brothers, Benjamen, Anthony, Mario, William and Dewey Brucoli; and three sisters, Fannie Galose, Florence DeBartolo and Delores Brucoli. & lt;BR & gt;

Friends may call from 10 to 10:30 a.m. today at the funeral home. & lt;BR & gt;

Contributions may be made in her name to the American Heart Association. & lt;BR & gt;

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& lt;B & gt;Robert M. Kernan, 56 & lt;BR & gt;

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AUSTINTOWN & amp;#151; Robert M. Kernan, 56, passed away Friday evening at his home. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. & lt;BR & gt;

He leaves his wife, Virginia & amp;#147;Ginnie & amp;#148; Bernard Kernan, whom he married March 16, 1968; a daughter, Marnee (Dave) Gruber of Avon Lake; a son, Rob Kernan (fiance Tricia Lightner) of Cleveland; two grandchildren, Max and Andy Gruber; his parents, Thomas and Doris Kernan of Austintown; a sister, Cheryl (Jake) Meyers of Virginia Beach, Va.; and a brother-in-law, Jerry (Jeannette) Bernard of Boca Raton, Fla. & lt;BR & gt;

A brother, Thomas Kernan, is deceased. & lt;BR & gt;

Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Kinnick Funeral Home, 477 N. Meridian Road in Youngstown. & lt;BR & gt;

Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Christine Church. & lt;BR & gt;

Interment will take place at Calvary Cemetery. & lt;BR & gt;

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley in Boardman or to the St. Vincent DePaul Society.

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& lt;B & gt;Bertina Anne Laborde, 78 & lt;BR & gt;

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CHARDON & amp;#151; Bertina Anne Laborde, 78, died Thursday at UHHS Heather Hill Hospital. & lt;BR & gt;

She was born Feb. 18, 1926, a daughter of Salvador and Helen (Schreiner) Laborde in Ithaca, N.Y. & lt;BR & gt;

A 1944 graduate of Shaker Heights High School, she earned bachelor's and master & amp;#146;s degrees in physical education from Ohio University. She was a professor of women & amp;#146;s physical education at Youngstown College, Youngstown University and Youngstown State University for 43 years where she was a retired Professor Emeritus. & lt;BR & gt;

She is survived by a brother, Don and sister-in-law Judith of Gates Mills; her nieces, Patricia (Steve) Rogaliner of South Euclid and Anne Marie Laborde of Painesville; a nephew, John Charles Laborde of Willoughby Hills; and her grandnieces, Ashley and Victoria Rogaliner. & lt;BR & gt;

She was preceded in death by her parents of Gates Mills. & lt;BR & gt;

There will be private services at DiCicco & amp;amp; Sons Funeral Home in Mayfield Heights. & lt;BR & gt;

Interment will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Schreiner Mausoleum in Union Dale Cemetery in Pittsburgh. & lt;BR & gt;

There will be a memorial service in the spring of 2005. & lt;BR & gt;

In lieu of flowers, a donation to the American Lung Association is suggested.

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& lt;B & gt;Edward A. Less, 60 & lt;BR & gt;

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SALEM & amp;#150; Edward A. Less, 60, of 12523 Washingtonville Road, died at 4:17 p.m. Saturday at Salem Community Hospital after being stricken at his home. & lt;BR & gt;

Mr. Less was born Oct. 25, 1944 in Salem, a son of Francis G. and Jane L. Sauerwein Less, and had lived in this area all of his life. & lt;BR & gt;

He was a self-employed farmer at Less and Less Farm the past 20 years. Prior to that, he operated Ed Less Excavating for several years. & lt;BR & gt;

He was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church in Columbiana, where he served as an usher. He was also a member of the Mahoning County Farm Bureau and the Ohio Corn Growers Association. He was a past director of the Ohio Land Improvement Contractors Association and the Salem Fruit Growers Association. & lt;BR & gt;

Besides his mother, Jane Less of Salem, he is survived by his wife, the former E. Elaine Latronico, whom he married Aug. 12, 1967; a daughter, Erin E. Less of Salem, two sons, John F. (Gerri) Less of Salem and Brian E. (Jennifer) Less of New Castle, Pa.; three sisters, Mrs. Bill (Susan) Phillips of Canfield, Mrs. Keith (Ann) Bossard of Columbus and Mrs. John (Lisa) Crider of Marquette, Mich.; three brothers, William (Nancy) Less, Michael Less and George (Penny) Less, all of Salem; and two grandchildren, Isaac Less and Isabella Less. & lt;BR & gt;

He was preceded in death by his father, Francis Less. & lt;BR & gt;

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Woods-Rettig Funeral Home in Leetonia. & lt;BR & gt;

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Jude Catholic Church in Columbiana, with the Rev. Thomas G. Ziegler officiating. & lt;BR & gt;

Burial will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Leetonia. & lt;BR & gt;

Condolences may be sent to the family at & lt;U & gt;www.familycareservices.com & lt;/U & gt;.

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& lt;B & gt;Darrell W. & amp;#147;Bud & amp;#148; Penney, 82 & lt;BR & gt;

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POLAND & amp;#150; There will be services at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland Chapel, for Darrell W. & amp;#147;Bud & amp;#148; Penney, 82, of Assumption Village, formerly of Poland, who was called to his heavenly home Saturday evening. & lt;BR & gt;

Mr. Penney was born May 22, 1922 in Youngstown, the eldest son of Darrell W. and Manela (Lescolette) Penney. & lt;BR & gt;

He was a driver for the Renner Brewery and National Mattress companies in Youngstown and a driver, warehouse foreman and finisher for Leslie & amp;#146;s Furniture in Youngstown, Poland Countryside Furniture in Poland, Liberty Countryside Furniture in Liberty and Biggins Furniture and Appliance in Cortland. & lt;BR & gt;

Mr. Penney was a lifelong sports fan and began officiating baseball, softball and basketball for various city and church leagues in the 1940s and continued to be an active sports official into the 1980s. He umpired Pony and Colt League baseball for the Poland Community Baseball Association from 1962 through the 1980 season, serving as the Chief (Pony/Colt League) umpire from 1977 to 1980. In 2000, he was inducted into the Poland Community Baseball Association Hall of Fame. & lt;BR & gt;

He loved people and strove his entire adult life to help them in any way he could and most importantly to introduce them to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was very active in the work of the Youngstown Rescue Mission between 1958 and 1993, serving on its board of directors from 1965 to 1985. He was a member of the Gideons from 1975 to 1995 and had served as a volunteer camp counselor at Camp Burton in Burton from 1960 to 1970. & lt;BR & gt;

He had been very active in his churches, the First Baptist Church of Struthers from 1956 to 1973 and the Mill Creek Baptist Church in Youngstown from 1973 to 1993, where he served as Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent, Christian education chairman, Deacon, treasurer, junior church teacher, custodian and church bus driver. He was most recently a member of the Evangel Baptist Church in Boardman. & lt;BR & gt;

He leaves his wife, the former Margie M. LeBaron, whom he married Sept. 5, 1953; a daughter, Marsha L. (Ray) Kehrt of Jacksonville, Fla.; two sons, David C. (Michelle) Penney of Columbus and James C. (Linda) Penney of Poland; a brother, William V. (Lucille) Penney of Lordstown; three sisters, Amy Porter and Marilyn Reter, both of Pensacola, Fla., and Patricia (George) Hughes of Boardman; several nieces and nephews; and five grandchildren. & lt;BR & gt;

A sister, Shirley Bortz, of Augusta, Ga., and a son, Brian K. Penney, preceded him in death. & lt;BR & gt;

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. & lt;BR & gt;

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley. & lt;BR & gt;

Condolences may be sent at & lt;U & gt;www.beckerfuneralhomes.com & lt;/U & gt;.

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GIRARD & amp;#151; Melanie Ruggiero, 27, died Saturday at Forum Health Northside Medical Center. & lt;BR & gt;

Melanie was born Aug. 17 1977, in Youngstown, a daughter of Robert Evans and Arnita Cox. & lt;BR & gt;

A graduate of Girard High School in 1996, she was a loving mother and loved animals of all kinds, especially her dogs. & lt;BR & gt;

Besides her parents, she is survived by her husband Louis F. Ruggiero Jr., whom she married Dec. 31, 2003; her children, Courtney Ruggiero, Danielle Jornigan, Carrie Jornigan and Ashley Jornigan; her brother, Robert Nye of Weathersfield Township; and her father and mother-in-law, Louis Sr. and Becky Clark Ruggiero of Girard. & lt;BR & gt;

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Blackstone Funeral Home in Girard, where there will be 8 p.m. funeral services.

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POLAND & amp;#150; & amp;#160;Kathleen Evangeline Wellman, 80, died early Saturday morning at Assumption Nursing Home. & lt;BR & gt;

Mrs. Wellman was born May 7, 1924 in New Castle, Pa., a daughter of Earl V. and Gertrude Elizabeth Hamilton Davis. She came to Poland from New Castle in 1946. & lt;BR & gt;

She worked for Ward & amp;#146;s Tip-Top for 22 years and retired from Schwebel & amp;#146;s Bakery after 10 years of service. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Struthers. & lt;BR & gt;

Affectionately known as & amp;#147;Nana Kitty, & amp;#148; Mrs. Wellman was devoted to her family. & lt;BR & gt;

Her husband, Daniel Wellman, whom she married June 4, 1941, died June 26,1990. & lt;BR & gt;

She leaves two nieces, Kathleen Evangeline Higgins-Conway of Poland and Danette (Scott) Higgins-Large of Boardman; a nephew, John (Lisa) Davis of Hartville; two sisters, Margaret L. Higgins of Poland and Frances Davis of New Castle; a brother, John (Martha) Davis of Campbell; three grandnieces, Maggie Conway, Sarah Jane Large and Aleena Davis; and five grandnephews, Daniel Conway, Jeremy Large, and Aleksandr, Nikolai and Stefan Davis. & lt;BR & gt;

Besides her husband, Mrs. Wellman & amp;#146;s parents preceded her in death. & lt;BR & gt;

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home Poland, Chapel, where there will be funeral services at 10 a.m. Wednesday. & lt;BR & gt;

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& lt;B & gt;Clyde & amp;#147;Corey & amp;#148; White, 31 & lt;BR & gt;

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YOUNGSTOWN & amp;#151; There will be funeral services at noon on Wednesday at Washington Funeral Home with the Rev. Crystal Williams officiating for Clyde & amp;#147;Corey & amp;#148; White, 31, of Youngstown, who departed this life Thursday at St. Elizabeth Health Center. & lt;BR & gt;

Mr. White was born Nov. 21, 1973 in Cleveland, a son of Clyde and Barbara Womack White. & lt;BR & gt;

He was employed as a laborer with Sneilings Temp Agency. He was of the Baptist faith. & lt;BR & gt;

He leaves to cherish his memory his mother of Youngstown; his wife, Valina Lively of Youngstown; six sons, Davonte White (Kisia Roland), Clyde White Jr. (Kisia Roland), Corinthians White, Christiaen White, Camraun White and Trevon Wright (Tracola Wright), all of Youngstown; three daughters, Breasha Herring (Nicole Herring), Neighai Lively and Coreighai White, all of Youngstown; six sisters, Tracey (Alonzo) Bailey and Alina ( Mark) Young, both of Youngstown, Felecia Jones and Sharon Jones, both of Shelby, N.C., and Adriann (Ashanti) Bunch and Laquita Clark, both of Youngstown, four brothers, Freddie (April) Clark, Vincent Clark, Randall Miller and Anthony Scott, all of Youngstown; an aunt, Joyce Woods of Chula Vista, Calif.; and a host of other relatives and friends. & lt;BR & gt;

He was preceded in death by his grandparents; his father; and a daughter, Brittany Anderson. & lt;BR & gt;

Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. & lt;BR & gt;

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday at the funeral home. & lt;BR & gt;

Interment will be at Tod Homestead Cemetery.

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